Enact, Enforce and Educate to Curb Distracted Driving09/28/2010
Allstate Insurance Company today issued the following statement in response to the release of the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) report which states that texting bans have not seen a decrease in reported car crashes.
"Allstate joins U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in calling for continued efforts to enact, enforce and educate the public about texting bans that can save lives.
"Legislation is only the first step. To have real impact, laws must be strongly enforced so that the consequence for texting while driving is a tough penalty and not the end of a life," said Joan Walker, vice president of corporate relations for Allstate Insurance Company. "Legislation must be combined with law enforcement and public education programs to create a real shift in changing safe driving norms.
"Allstate supports and encourages legislation banning texting behind the wheel, especially for teen drivers. Public education programs like Allstate's Save 11 campaign focus on enacting graduated driver's licensing laws to protect and prepare America's youngest drivers behind the wheel. Movements like Allstate's "X the TXT" help build awareness about the dangers of texting behind the wheel and curb distracted driving.
"Every American has an obligation to stay focused on the road and protect one another. We have an opportunity to create a safer driving environment today and for future generations. We must act now by bringing together the most powerful resources we can to enact tough legislation, enforce laws with real consequences and change driving attitudes and behaviors."
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